Largest Cities/Towns That Incorporate Other State Names


Source: kcur.org

The following list of cities and towns containing the names of other states is presented in order by size of the city/town using 2016 population estimates, unless otherwise noted. While some of the websites that are listed at the end of this post indicate there are 113 examples across the country, this tally does not include Townships (outside of the “towns” of New England and New York), counties, minor crossroads, or ghost towns.

Source: missouricitytx.gov

By far the most common example is Washington with 37, though nearly all are named for George Washington, which is the state’s namesake, as well. Next are places named for the states of Nevada and Kansas with six (6) each, followed by California with four (4).

Source: delawareohio.net

New York leads the way with eight (8) communities incorporating the names of other states, while Ohio is second with seven (7), Missouri is third with six (6) examples, and Indiana and Pennsylvania each have five (5).

  1. Washington, District of Columbia = 693,972 (2017)
  2. Kansas City, Missouri = 488,943 (2017)
  3. Wyoming, Michigan = 75,567
  4. Missouri City, Texas = 74,561
  5. West New York, New Jersey = 53,343
  6. Delaware, Ohio = 38,643
  7. Michigan City, Indiana = 31,157
  8. Maryland Heights, Missouri = 27,137
  9. Washington, Utah = 25,339
  10. Fort Washington, Maryland = 23,717 (2010)
  11. Oregon, Ohio = 20,040
  12. Onalaska, Wisconsin = 18,697
  13. Washington, Illinois = 16,851
  14. Port Washington, New York = 15,846
  15. Washington Court House, Ohio = 14,144
  16. Washington, Missouri = 14,061
  17. Indiana, Pennsylvania = 13,981
  18. Washington, Pennsylvania = 13,514
  19. Washington, Indiana = 12,089
  20. California, Maryland = 11,857
  21. Port Washington, Wisconsin = 11,642
  22. Oregon, Wisconsin = 10,264
  23. Washington, North Carolina = 9,801
  24. Washington Terrace, Utah = 9,198
  25. Virginia, Minnesota = 8,523
  26. Nevada, Missouri = 8,224
  27. Washington, Iowa = 7,424
  28. Nevada, Iowa = 6,805
  29. Washington, New Jersey = 6,491
  30. California, Pennsylvania = 6,466
  31. Fort Washington, Pennsylvania = 5,446 (2010)
  32. Maine, New York = 5,238
  33. Georgia, Vermont = 4,736
  34. Washington, New York = 4,648
  35. California, Missouri = 4,421
  36. Washington, Georgia = 3,978
  37. Washington Park, Illinois = 3,955
  38. Washington, Connecticut = 3,452
  39. Louisiana, Missouri = 3,281
  40. Nevada City, California = 3,145
  41. Florida, New York = 2,857
  42. Missouri Valley, Iowa = 2,662
  43. Delaware, New York = 2,557
  44. Dakota City, Nebraska = 1,880
  45. Maryland, New York = 1,805
  46. Alabama, New York = 1,790
  47. Idaho Springs, Colorado = 1,746
  48. Texas, Wisconsin = 1,615
  49. Washington, Maine = 1,521
  50. Washington, West Virginia = 1,175 (2010)
  51. Washington, New Hampshire = 1,110
  52. Washington, Kansas = 1,076
  53. Nevada, Texas = 1,074
  54. Washington, Vermont = 1,021
  55. Ohio, New York = 1,003
  56. Washington, Louisiana = 953
  57. New Washington, Ohio = 923 (2017)
  58. Virginia City, Nevada = 855 (2010)
  59. Kansas, Oklahoma = 783
  60. Nevada, Ohio = 740
  61. Kansas, Illinois = 737
  62. Florida, Massachusetts = 724
  63. Washington, Oklahoma = 650
  64. New Washington, Indiana = 566 (2010)
  65. Washington Grove, Maryland =-564
  66. Washington, Massachusetts = 533
  67. Michigantown, Indiana = 450
  68. Washington Park, North Carolina = 443
  69. Wyoming, New York = 428
  70. Old Washington, Ohio = 278 (2012)
  71. Kansas, Alabama = 219
  72. Virginia City, Montana = 198
  73. Washington, California = 185 (2010)
  74. New Hampshire, Ohio = 174 (2010)
  75. Washington, Arkansas = 174
  76. Washington, Nebraska = 151
  77. Washington, Virginia = 126
  78. Ohiowa, Nebraska = 112 (2016) Thank you, Dan – contains both Ohio and Iowa!
  79. California, Kentucky = 86
  80. Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania = 57
  81. Alaska, Indiana = unknown
  82. Kansas, Ohio – unknown
  83. Kansasville, Wisconsin = unknown
  84. Nevada City, Montana = unknown
  85. Washington, Mississippi = unknown

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Sources:

  • en.wikipedia.org
  • boards.straigthdope.com
  • the weekend roady.com
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5 Responses to Largest Cities/Towns That Incorporate Other State Names

  1. Steven Van Steenhuyse says:

    Rick, I always enjoy these posts. Thought I’d add that the Nevada here in Iowa is spelled the same as the State of Nevada, but is not pronounced the same. Here, it’s “nu-VAY-duh.” We also have and “MADD-rid” (Madrid). There are also many states that have a “BURR-lin” (Berlin). I believe that a lot of US cities and towns with that name changed the pronunciation during WWI to make it sound less German. That would be an interesting study: what cities in the US have the names of other geographical places, but are pronounced differently? Or towns that are pronounced differently from what you expect, such as Pierre, SD (your mind says, ah! it’s the French surname, “Pee-AIR,” but in South Dakota, they say PEE-er). Or the juxtaposition of the City of “Duh Moyn” on the “Duh Moyn” River (Des Moines), and the City of “Dess Planes” on the “Dess Planes” River (Des Plaines). You can probably think of others. Thanks again for these posts, they get me to thinking!

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  2. Dan Tilque says:

    Here’s an interesting one along these lines:

    Ohiowa, Nebraska

    Incorporates two state names blended together: Ohio and Iowa. 2016 Population est 112. The town was settled by people from both states and someone came up with that clever blended name.

    Now if this kind of thing would just catch on, we could have a Floridaho, a Kansaskatchewan, and a Vermontana. And to top it off, a three-way blend: Vermontariowa.

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